What you should know before you rent a car
Car hires in Turkey: practical information
Where to rent a car in Turkey
Taking off to Turkey for holidays? Then make sure your camera, sun hat, bathing suit and tourist guide are the first things to go into your suitcase! Turkey straddles the east and the west, in some parts its so Asian yet in others remarkably European. There is so much to discover here, so do it by your own rules, with a car hire Turkey.
The fastest and cheapest way to reach Turkey is with cheap flight tickets to Turkey from the UK. From there you can pick up a car hire Turkey airport and you're on your way!
Driving in Turkey: parking and other tips
Unfortunately EU and UK driving licenses are not enough for car rentals in Turkey. You need an international driver's permit in or to get a low cost car hire in Turkey. It's also necessary to have a passport that is valid for another 6 months after the end of your trip. Seat belts must be fastened at all times and children under the age of 10 are not allowed to sit in the front of the car unless they have a proper car seat that is appropriate for their age.
As for alcohol, the tolerated amount is 0.05%, similar to most of Europe. As for speeding: urban roads are 50km/h, highways are 90km/h and motorways are 120km/h. Turkish roads are well-maintained, many with stunning views along the way. If you rent a car in Turkey and drive in Istanbul, you'll find it extremely difficult to get around within the old parts of the city. Either park outside the city and take a bus in or choose hotels in Turkey that aren't centrally located and that offer parking.
Road trips in Turkey: what to do, what to see
At first glance, Istanbul looks like it should be the capital of Turkey. It's got amazing heritage, incredible history and architecture, culture… With monuments like the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace, it's a shame that Istanbul isn't the capital! The city is divided into two sides by the mighty Bosphorus River, it splits the city into two different cultures: Asian and European.
Also known as Smyrna, Izmir is the third largest city in Turkey and is also one of the oldest cities in the country. Izmir is a city that is incredibly modern, without giving up its historical roots. You'll find exotic bazaars just steps away from gleaming new marinas. Situated in western Anatolia, Izmir is the perfect spot for that beachy Mediterranean getaway you've been dreaming of.
This is one of the most important historic regions of Turkey. Its legends and traditions still live on today thanks to the locals in the region who are committed to preserving the region's heritage. This is the best place to buy original and authentic Turkish souvenirs and handicrafts such as pottery and leather works. Don't miss the rock caves from the days of the Hittites!